January 13, 2013 Subject:
One of the most fascinating things I've ever seen on film. And I've actually been there during a laval flow so it's not like I'm new to this.
September 25, 2007 Subject:
This is incredible footage, and the amazing thing is, I couldn't find any more information about the cameraman, Art Carter, on a Google search. Who is this amazing photographer who bided his time and was rewarded for his patience with three eruptions on Mauna Loa and Kilauea? The one shot of him in this film shows him wearing protective gear because of the heat near the lava fountain he is filming; it's pretty primitive when you compare it to "foil suits" other photographers, like the Kraffts, wore when working up close with a lava flow. And yet the images he captured are incredible. The science is good, too, and I like the way the narrator covers it while we watch the best and most spectacular shots of lava rivers, lava dam collapses, and so forth. I agree - this is a must-see!
September 1, 2005 Subject:
The Gods would be proud.
Awesome film here speaking of course, about volcanoes. I think this is mostly a travelogue film though, what with it's Hawaii photo Albumy beginning and it's tourism friendly narration.. Even though the narrator sometimes states that these are dangerous for the most part, there's a heck of a lot of touristy shots thrown in, eg where you can go to view these.. And who wouldn't? This is probably the most spectacularily colorful film in the archive, and you must'nt miss it! This is a MUST SEE on this site!
May 1, 2005 Subject:
Turn On The A/C
Spectacular volcano footage of two erruptions in Hawaii in 1959-60. The narration is a little bland, but the photography is remarkable. The film print itself is in excellent condition. Lingers a little in spots but over-all moves at a pace that isn't boring, if you like this sort of thing. After you've seen this, you have to think back about something that is said, coupled with one of the visuals, since there is a bit of unintentioned humor: The narrator talks about the overwhelming heat produced (something like 2,600 degrees) and how the photographers brave it all to get close enough to capture these awesome pictures. We see one of these photographers with his movie camera set up on his tripod, and HE is dressed in long sleeves with a wool scarf on his head! I guess being next to 2600 degrees wasn't quite warm enough for him!